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October 15 — US Foreign Aid in the 21st Century: A View from Malawi

The average Americans thinks the US government spends as much as 30 percent of the federal budget on foreign aid. In fact poverty-focused aid is less than 1% of the federal budget. But what is used for? Is it effective? How could it be more effective?

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The Shaping of Ireland’s Foreign Policy

Wednesday February 18
5:30 pm reception
6:15 Dinner
7:10 Talk

The Willows
(South of 75th St. & Just North of the white river
bridge on Westfield Blvd, east side of street)
6729 Westfield Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46220


The Honorable Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland to the Midwest, will share his insights on the nation’s foreign policy priorities, including the Ireland-US relationship, from both a political and an economic perspective.

Aidan Cronin took up duty as the Consul-General of Ireland in Chicago in 2011.  He worked as Private Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and as Head of the Minister’s Private Office from May 2009 to April 2011.  Subsequently, he was a member of the team that organized the visit of President Barack Obama to Ireland in May 2011, with lead responsibility for the President’s visit to his ancestral home in Moneygall, County Offaly.  From 2005 to 2008,  Hon. Cronin served as Deputy Head of Mission in the Irish Embassy in Canberra and from 2003-2005 as Deputy Head of Mission in the Irish Embassy in Tehran. He also worked in the Irish Embassy in Beijing from 1998-2001 and, in the course of his career at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, has worked on EU, Legal, UN and Irish Abroad issues.  Before joining The Department of Foreign Affairs, he qualified and worked as a lawyer, having graduated from University College Cork as a Bachelor of Civil Laws.

January ICWA Distinguished Speaker dinner

Speaker and topic will be announced shortly … but you know it will be great.

Oxfam Action Corps Hunger Banquet

Oxfam’s Hunger Banquet is an interactive experience intended to educate the public about international hunger, poverty, and injustice and prompting people to take action.

INDYthinks about … how to end human trafficking

On November 4th, Provocate, INDYthinks and other groups will facilitate new and innovative partnerships to stop human trafficking at home and in other countries. Explore new ways to raise support for concrete projects helping victims of trafficking and preventing this sort of abuse all together. Brainstorm about how alternative spring breaks and short-term mission trips can have a uniquely positive impact. We’ll help connect those who are passionate about ending trafficking to volunteer and employment opportunities.

Distinguished Speakers dinner with Dalitso Kubalasa

The October 15th ICWA Distinguished Speaker was Dalitso Kingsley Kubalasa, the executive director of the Malawi Economic Justice Network. 60+ people listened as Mr. Kubalasa discussed how recent changes in the way the US government delivers foreign aid has shaped development efforts on the ground in Malawi.

Erin Lang’s “1.8 million minutes”

On October 8, more than 300 people joined together at Butler University to show support for the family of Abdul Rahman Kassig and the cause that drove him to risk his life in Syria. Kassig set up a nonprofit in Syria to help the world’s worst refugee crisis. Provocatrix Erin Lang has set up Benga International to help provide education to the children of Syrian refugees. She was asked to kick off the event with thoughts about the issue that motivated Abdul Rahman Kassig.

ICWA Holiday Extravaganza (not a distinguished speaker)

December 17th — The evening of the 3rd Wednesday of every month from September to May, you know where you need to be: The ICWA’s Distinguished Speakers Dinner. Except the 3rd Wednesday in December, that’s the date of the ICWA’s very special Holiday Celebration.

Congratulations to Provocatrix Erin Lang!

One of the best conferences for international relations junkies is the World Affairs Councils of America’s National Conference in DC. A few scholarships are offered to exceptional college students who are nominated by local world affairs councils. For the first a scholarship winner is from Indiana, and she’s one of ours. Erin Lang is one of the founding members of INDYthinks, and a proud member of Team Provocate.